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Old 10-12-2015, 01:03 AM   #1
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Emergency window in 1999 Southwind

How can I safely open the Emergency bedroom window in the 1999 Southwind? It appears to be stuck and I fear cracking it if I force it.

It was probably never opened as an Emergency window, just slid open for air. Is there some trick to doing it without cracking the glass?
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I opened mine and found it was stuck to the foam seal which had also turned hard. I removed and replaced the foam seal and dusted it with baby powder to prevent further sticking. I also made a prop rod to hold the window open in an emergency and stationed two small hand held fire extinguishers in the cabinet next to the window.

Make sure the locks are fully disengaged and try to push only on the metal frame to prevent damaging the glass. If it still won't open, I would go on a ladder and check that all is OK from the outside. Being stuck seems to be a common issue when not used so best to get it open now before you need to for other reasons.
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I opened mine and found it was stuck to the foam seal which had also turned hard. I removed and replaced the foam seal and dusted it with baby powder to prevent further sticking. I also made a prop rod to hold the window open in an emergency and stationed two small hand held fire extinguishers in the cabinet next to the window.
I think that's a good idea. I'll pick up another extinguisher. But you can be sure in a fire I am out of there as fast as possible.

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Make sure the locks are fully disengaged and try to push only on the metal frame to prevent damaging the glass. If it still won't open, I would go on a ladder and check that all is OK from the outside. Being stuck seems to be a common issue when not used so best to get it open now before you need to for other reasons.
It appears to be stuck to the foam stuff. Tomorrow I'll get the ladder and check it from outside. We have to wash the windows again anyway. The frame is such it's really hard to have enough metal area to push on. And we know better than to push hard on the glass itself.
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Mine actually ripped part of the foam when it finally opened. If you look where the latches are, you can see into the foam area (at least on mine).
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Yes, I've posted before about this problem. Goodness knows what people would do in a true emergency. Die I guess.

Little choice but to keep pushing hard against the frame until it lets go.

Probably no point in suggesting people open the window as part of a regular safety check. You know the one - every month test all the smoke alarms, propane alarm and CO alarm, Turn your powder extinguishers upside down and shake to loosen the powder. Operate the HWS safety relief valve. Review emergency plan.That one.
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I am new to the RV world and some of the fires I have seen reviewed scared me to buy all new extinguishers from MAC the fire guy and test my emergency window and fix it so it opens quickly with a prop rod nearby to keep it open. I also have placed the extinguishers near the door, in the kitchen and in the bedroom so we can grab them quickly from anywhere in the coach should our access be blocked.
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